This was our second trip to New York and we wanted a more "personal experience." We had stayed at a chain hotel in Time Square last time and wanted something different for this trip. The Ivy Terrace was PERFECT. The location is in a neighborhood -- but not too far from all the action. A five minute walk to the subway and just a few minutes to Central Park. There are plenty of neighborhood restaurants and lounges in the immediate area. The inn itself is quaint and nicely decorated. Our room had plenty of space and the kitchenette was wonderful. The refrigerator comes well stocked, and we walked one block to the Whole Foods store and got cheese and wine to enjoy in the afternoon.
As we are older, we chose the Ivy Suite which is one flight up. We didn't have any problem with getting up the stairs. The terrace off the room faces the street and is a great place to enjoy people watching. (For those who might worry about the smells from the Indian restaurant just below the terrace, this is NOT an issue.)
This is an older building with all the charm and quirks that come with it. It is not the same as a large chain hotel, which to me is a plus. The inn keepers (Vinessa and Jeff) are accessible and responsive to any issues that may arise. The bed was comfortable, the room was a good size, the table and chairs were cozy. I'm glad I did my research and chose this inn for our stay. The only negative I can think of is the fact that the inn does not have an elevator, but they are up front about that and you go in knowing you'll need to climb the stairs.